Archive for August, 2009

Banff Elk Bugle

28 Aug

Ever heard prehistoric sounding noises in Banff National Park when you have been lying in bed or out on a stroll? The sounds are most likely that of the elk. The stag elk likes to bugle to keep his herd in order as the video below demonstrates:

Do you have other noises from Banff National Park you would like to share or us to identify? Describe or post a link in the comments box below and we will do our best!


Banff Mineral Springs Maternity Ward

27 Aug
The Banff Mineral Springs Maternity ward re-opened earlier this month making a lot of expectant mothers in the Banff area very happy.

The Obstetrics Program at the hospital was shut down for several months because of a severe nursing shortage and with overwhelming support from the locals, was re-opened again. If this hospital had not re-opened, then expectant mothers in Banff would have had to go to Canmore (20-30 minutes drive) or even Calgary (1.5 hours drive). About 120 babies are born at the Mineral Springs Hospital in Banff each year.

Talking from personal experience, our first child was born in the Mineral Springs Hospital in 2007 and our second is due this November and our doctor, Jane Fowke and the nurses at the hospital made it a truly memorable experience. The Banff Mineral Springs is the nicest hospital we have ever come across and feel fortunate to have it close by. May the Obstetrics Program remain open for many years to come!


Banff Jasper Ski Holiday

27 Aug

Can’t decide where you would like to ski this winter then a twin centre ski holiday package is for you.

Twin centre ski holidays are perfect for experiencing more than one ski resort in Canada. If you are not sure, try out a ski-day trip such as the Kicking Horse Powder Express or the Panorama ski bus trip – they both leave from Banff and return in the same day. If you like the ski resorts, then you can come back the following year and stay a little longer!

Ski Holidays Canada just put together the sample quote below to give you an idea of price. If any part is not suitable, they can change it. It is based on 4 adults, all with separate beds, staying in 2 rooms.

Arrive: Saturday, February 27 2010
Depart: Saturday, March 13 2010
Nights: 14
Pax: 4 adults
Rooms: 2 (2 beds per room)

Twin Centre Ski Package includes:

– Scheduled airport transfers – Calgary YYC to Banff (Saturday, February 27 2010)
– Banff Aspen Lodge – Premium Room with breakfast included – 7 nights
– 6, 7 or 8-day Tri-Area Ski Pass (Banff Norquay, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise) with FREE ski shuttle from hotel
– 3-day club ski (Banff Norquay, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise) – starts Sunday February 28 2010
– Scheduled transfer to Jasper (Saturday, March 6 2010)
– Jasper Whistlers Inn – standard room – 7 nights
– 6-day Jasper Marmot Ski Pass with FREE ski shuttle from hotel
– 3-day “ski week” tuition – starts 9:30am, 12pm and 2pm daily. Includes video analysis.
– Private airport transfer – Jasper to Calgary YYC (Saturday, March 13 2010)

Discounted Package Rate (includes all taxes, promotions and early-bird discounts): CDN$7,380 for 4 adults, two rooms, and two beds per room (CDN$1,845pp). No additional discounts permitted – this is their lowest rate.

Every ski package Ski Holidays Canada put together is unique, as each one is created based on your preferences. For more information, contact Ski Holidays Canada direct.


Canadian Rockies – Things to Remember

20 Aug

15 things to remember when you visit the Canadian Rockies in the summer: Canadian Rockies – Things to Remember in the Summer

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